Postpartum Depression Report
Postpartum Depression is a mood disorder that affects 1 in 7 women following the birth of a child (may also occur after miscarriage or still birth). While it is normal for women to experience the “baby blues”- feeling stressed, sad, lonely and tired after the birth of their child, PPD is a much more serious condition. Unlike the baby blues, it does not go away on its own and the symptoms can last for months on end and cause serious problems for the mother and her baby if left untreated, because it makes it harder for her to lead a normal day-to-day life and affects her ability to care for her child. PDD can also affect men, though it is much less common. PPD affects about 10% of men, and their symptoms are often slightly different than women and are often harder to diagnose. Although there is no strict cause of PPD, there are various physical, emotional and lifestyle factors that contribute to the development of PPD in women. PPD may be triggered by hormonal changes (the levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones drop dramatically after childbirth) along with changes in blood pressure, immune system and metabolism that most women experience after having a child. PPD can also be caused by the lifestyle changes that come with having a child, such as disrupted sleep, fatigue, stress and the overwhelming responsibility that comes with being a mother. Many women are shaken by their new role as a mom and often cannot cope with the changes that motherhood brings. There are also certain factors that increase a woman’s chance of developing PPD, such as: a history of depression, an unwanted pregnancy, an unsupportive spouse, a traumatic experience during pregnancy (such as the death of a loved one) and financial troubles. However, that does not necessarily mean that the woman will develop PDD, it just means that her chances are higher than someone who does not have these problems. In men, PDD is mostly caused by the changes in lifestyle...
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